Urban Wildlife

American Heart Association Presents the Zoo with an Automated External Defibrillator

American Heart Association Presents the Zoo with an Automated External Defibrillator

The local affiliate of the national American Heart Association is presenting the Zoo an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on behalf of a local family foundation who chooses to remain anonymous.

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.

FWC Extends Alligator-Hunting Hours

At its meeting in St. Augustine Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a rule change that provides approximately four additional hours of daylight hunting to the state’s recreational alligator hunting season. The change will be in effect for this year’s season: Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Protect Pets from the Heat

Protect Pets from the Heat

Like humans, pets are susceptible to overheating. Older dogs, flat-faced dogs, overweight dogs and puppies have the highest risk of heat stroke or heat stress, but owners should make sure that all pets have plenty of cool water and a source of continuous shade when outdoors as temperatures rise across Jacksonville.

Owner Says Dogs Who Mauled Woman Have Attacked Before

Owner Says Dogs Who Mauled Woman Have Attacked Before

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The dogs that mauled a 42-year-old woman Wednesday have attacked before, according to the dogs' owner, Diana Smith.

Officers responded around 11 a.m. to an animal attack in the 13000 block of Gillespie Avenue.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers said they found the woman, 42-year-old Dorothy Michelle Sluder, bleeding from the side of her face and hysterical in the bathroom. She had a large cut over her eye.

"She asked if she could use the restroom and I said, 'Yeah hold on just a minute and let me put my dogs up,'" Smith explained.

The victim, Dorothy Sluder, stopped by to pick up cans Smith collected for her. Smith said before she could secure the dogs the Pit Bull and one-year-old Pit Bull mix attacked the guest.

"Her arm was laid open, her eye got bit right here on the side and she had blood everywhere," Smith said.

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

The onset of warm weather in the spring is when Florida's alligators and crocodiles start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.